Teej is one of the many festivals of India celebrated by women. Teej Vrat is primarily observed by women who hail from the northern parts of the country. And interestingly, Teej is of three types - Haryali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej and they are celebrated on the third day of the Lunar fortnight. Since this festival is celebrated in Shravan month, is it also called as Sawan Teej or Shravani Teej. The name Hariyali Teej signifies greenery during the monsoon month in India.
The monsoon festivals of Teej are primarily dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her union with Lord Shiva. In this festival woman are celebrated.They play, sing, dance and enjoy the womanhood.
Hariyali Teej 2020 date
Hariyali Teej is observed on the Tritiya Tithi, Shukla Paksha in the holy month of Shravan. This year it will be celebrated on July 23.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati, Hariyali Teej Vrat is observed by married women, who pray for a blissful married life while unmarried girls wish for a husband of their choice and liking. Women who have been keeping a vrat for years would know all the rituals and dos and don'ts attached to it. But the newly-married women, who are all set to observe the Hariyali Teej Vrat for the first time may not be well versed with it.
It is also a special occasion for unmarried girls, who wish to marry the man of their choice.
Kajari Teej is observed on the third day of the dark lunar fortnight (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Bhadrapada (as per the Purnimant calendar) and Shravan (according to the Amavasyant calendar). Kajari Teej derives its name from a folk tradition that narrates the pain of brief separation of a woman from her husband. The songs describe how a woman feels the sweet pain of love as she visits her maternal house to celebrate Teej. On this day, women worship the Neem tree and the Moon God. Kajari Teej is also called Badi Teej as it concludes the Hariyali Teej (Chhoti Teej) festivities. Kajari Teej is celebrated in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Madhya Pradesh. This year, Kajari Teej will be celebrated on August 6.
Kajari Teej 2020 Tithi
Tritiya tithi begins at 10:50 PM on August 05 and ends at 12:14 AM on August 7.
Hartalika Teej falls on the third day, Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the Moon) in Bhadrapada. It is observed one day before Ganesh Chaturthi.
Hartalika is a combination of two Sanskrit words Harat (kidnap) + Aalika (female friend). It refers to the event that took place before Mata Parvati got married to Lord Shiva. According to a legend associated with this Teej, Mata Parvati's father had chosen Lord Vishnu for her, but since she wanted to get married to Lord Shiva, she sought help from one of her friends. Mata Parvati's friend "abducted" her and took her to a thick forest where she could hide. The word 'abduction' shouldn't be misinterpreted. In this context, it is a gesture of lending help to a friend who wished to marry the man of her choice.
On the day of Hartalika Teej, women prepare clay idols of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati and worship them for a blissful married life. This ritual is similar to the Hariyali Teej festivities.
Hartalika Teej is celebrated in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
This year, Hartalika Teej will be observed on August 21.
Hartalika Teej 2020 shubh muhurat
Early morning (Prataha Kaal) Muhurat - 5:54 AM to 8:30 AM
Pradosh Kaal Muhurat - 6:54 PM to 9:06 PM
Hartalika Teej 2020 Tithi
Tritiya tithi begins at 2:13 AM on August 21 and ends at 11:02 PM on August 21.
However, the one common thing about these three Teej is that women worship Lord Shiva and Parvati to seek their blessings for a happy married life. Some unmarried girls also keep a vrat on these days to get a life partner of their choice.